World Day for Safety & Health at work. Impact of Digital Technologies on Human Well Being.


On this World Day for Safety and Health at Work - April 28, 2017 - the ILO (International Labour Organization)

highlighted the urgent need for vastly improved national occupational safety and health (OSH) data. It is estimated that over 2.3 million fatalities and 300 million accidents causing injuries occur in the workplace each year. However, these estimates do not properly reflect the magnitude of the problem, hence the call for better data:

"Accurate data will help to save lives." says ILO Director-General>>

As the data on the impact of digital technologies on human well being grow, the concerns of people experiencing disruption due to use of digi-tools is growing exponentially.

In this week of heightened attention for safety and health at work organizations have requested us to offer more training on how to master the use of digital tools than even in 2016 when the label 'Digital Detox' was hyping. Unanimously participants voice their desire to stay in control of their tools instead of becoming the slave.

The most important aspect in mastering digital tools is to protect our freedom of choice: tools are meant to enhance the efficacy of human output thereby saving us energy instead of draining our energy.

The easiest way to stay aware of our freedom of choice is to catch oneself when distracted. Easier said than done?

When we succeed in stopping, then our intention to control the use of digital tools is easily implemented.

The art is to surmount the paradox: stop when distracted.

Thus, we might need "assistance" from a digital tool (yes, the alarm on our smartphone will do nicely) to remind us to simply STOP and come to our senses.

Coming to our senses means awakening from the hypnosis that can emerge from the use of digi-tools and connecting to what we see, hear, feel, taste, smell and to stay sane in a demanding world: "Stop and smell the roses."

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